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State Library of South Australia

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Address: North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide, South Australia 5001, Australia
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Great place for Historical books

This is a good library to investigate Adelaide historical documentation and family history research.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Keith G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a good library to investigate Adelaide historical documentation and family history research.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It looks modern on the outside, but it's not all brand new. Head in, up the stairs and turn left and head into something out of Harry Potter.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The new extention is really well done, a nice complement to the old building, all of which is still beautiful and functional, the exhibition I visited while here was a press photo awards exhibit and was wonderful and at times harrowing, the Mortlock reading room is perfectly maintained but I suspect if you were trying to work in there the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Clean and great infrastructure. Great books and nice place to chill with your laptop. Free wifi. A must go.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Exc llent for free internet. Lovely treasures collection. Free papers and plenty of places to sit. Open late some nights.

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is no denying this library is world class , our history of S.A. very precious books and a great ancestry section, huge arrangement of books, documents, DVD, friendly helpful staff, small cafe, internet,... however if you were to just visit the place with family as an attraction, be like watching paint dry !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

State Library of South Australia is simply one of the best libraries I've ever been to. It's an architectural marvel and showcases a lot more than just books and services for the people of Adelaide. One of the first things I saw was a cricket display for Australian icon, Don Bradman. The highlight is the Mortlock Wing. Beautifully atmospheric and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We certainly spent a lot of time at the State Library. What an amazing place with all the old books. The architecture inside and the historical displays are well worth taking the time to see. Would definitely go back again and recommend to all visitors to Adelaide. Well done Adelaide and the State of SA.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

The great thing about the library is it's beautiful whilst being really useful too. I would also recommend going after sunset - outside they have a 'story wall' which is basically a projection onto the side of one the buildings. They have all sorts of local stories that you can select to play.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Oh It's so beautiful to see the inside of the State Library of South Australia. That's my first time to see a beautiful library in my life. And also there are historical information at the ground floor of this museum. Really happy to be here.

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